education. is it really important?
March 28, 2007 2:00am CST
this morning, a guy who owns a daycare center took 30 nursery students ages five and below to go on a trip to Tagaytay here in the Philippines absolutely free! the parents, with so much trust with the guy, then let their children go with the said trip and then they rode a bus. he has a plan. he hostage the children together with the other four teachers and the students. he asks for free education of the thirty students up to college. he said that least year he had 70 students graduated from his day care center and yet, only 12 have enrolled for the next school year for money is a great problem. he also said that every graduation day, he sees the parents faces crying because they can't afford to enroll their child on school. schools are free, yes, but how about the allowances they need in order to go to school. this is not his first time in hostage taking. its his second time. the first was that he hostage priests for having some illegal doings but after that he was put to jail and then freed because the priests don't put up a case on him. this guy i am talking about is on his mid 60's now. he hostage the students for a very good cause. this is a very high profile case. a senator went into the bus just to have an arrangement with the guy. this is prohibited in a hostage crisis. having someone to go with the hostage taker inside is a big nono! to think that the person he called is his friend and also a big name in the philippines. he is a senator. a powerful person. while hearing this forecast through the radio, we can't help but have some things in mind. this guy is totally awesome for sacrificing himself just for the children to study. he is fighting for a VERY GOOD CAUSE. now, does the government sees the vision of this old man? or they will just use the situation for them, the politicians, for their name to be more fruitful?
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28 Mar 07
This person sounds like a great man. He is very good at heart and I don't think he'll ever do harm to people who he takes hostage. I believe that in a society where the "right" ways to do things have become too far-fetched and impractical, such methods are really quick and effective. I have great respect for such people. About education, I feel that education upto high-school graduation is absolutely must. It teaches people to use logic, rationality and reasoning. Education after that is always good, and will help equip a person for better earning but upto high school graduation is very necessary.
28 Mar 07
so it was his (the teacher) idea to hostage the kids for thier good? playing robin hood? though he's doing it for a good cause i don't think his way is right, it's unfair for the kid's mom. i'm sure they're all afraid now, it was being televised and I heard another kid is throwing up inside the bus.I just hope he'll free them soon. It's traumatic for the kids. Education is free and I always beleive that poverty cannot be a hindrance to your success or even in pursuing education.
28 Mar 07
Wow - i am amazed that such people actually exist. I do think it is very noble what he is doing - i mean how amny of us would be ready to give up our stable life for the future of other's children. Its time that the government sit up and take notice of this. Maybe the Phillipines govt can start a few scholarships a year to pay for education 7 expenses of maybe 100 children a year. that way the people who need it most can go. Private funds can also be set up for this purpose. This guy's cause should not go unnoticed.
28 Mar 07
I would think formal education is important to anyone. It instils some basic intellect in the individual. I have come across people without any formal education, some with basic elementary and some degree holders. Their level of thinking, manners and way of doing things differs. I would think the question is how high should be the educational level before it is considered enough.
• United States
1 Apr 07
I don't think that education is all that important as long as the person has common sense and a good background in the industry they are in. I think experience is worth 200 times more than the education because most of the educators are teaching outdated information that doesn't apply to the current work force and it takes them forever to get a change in curriculum approved.
28 Mar 07
I've heard of the hostage taking I just didn't know the reason for such. It is touching though, that person would risk his freedom just for the sake of these children. It is for a good cause and I can't blame him if he resorted to this drastic measure just to get attention because you how it is in the Philippines today. IF you ask for something nicely- chances are the governement will just ignore you. I think during this period, situations like these provides a very good opportunity for politicians to work their magic. Especially now thats it's election period here. As cynical as I am with the political situation here in the philippines, I think politicians will just use this event to further promote themselves and to use this to their advantage.
28 Mar 07
Im a Filipino. Things like these does really bode ill omens in coming times cause these are telltales of desperation in people that are totally sane & well intended people. Somehow for all the righteouness of the causes that sparks these events it is but inconsequential nay come three days or a week this would just be an ordinary police blotter, no more no less. Election is heavy in the air, the guy has no real intention of harming anyone not at the very least but largely an irresponsible display of bravado. As dramatic as it may seem, political careers are far more important to politicians than a busfull of kids plus tens of adults added getting blown up. Risk taking politician at the scenes is as desperate as the guy (no malice intended), their presence is of no value but theatrics for a better storyline & throw in great drama & u now have a perfect screenplay any director would give a limb to reel in. I say let it be more worse than it is, a busfull of senators or politicians that for me is a better statement.
28 Mar 07
I saw him on TV well, come to think of it he sacrifice his freedom to be heard because our government today doesn't pay much attention to small people like the less fortunate children. I can't say his a hero or somebody.Still we are not in the position to judge him only him knew his really point of view in this cruel world of us.
29 Mar 07
Likewise other parents saying's, education is very important, it is the only treasure they could leave to their children in this world that cannot be stolen by others. And it's definitely true, the words that comes from my parents mouth, establishes the biggest percent on my heart in terms of giving priority over their investment to me. Now that I'am done, I've almost achieved my dreams, and in my own way I could be able to share my blessings and express my love and gratitude to my wonderful parents whom dearly overcome my studies, hardships have commited along the way....I'am very thankful....... To those that are less fortunate, if you were given a chance to pursue your education,..grab it immediately and won't regret it the end....might be the last chance to have it....
29 Mar 07
The teacher had good ideas but have a completely wrong way of voicing it out or looking for people to listen to him . He wants soemthing good from the children but he in turn also put them in a dangerous situation for his own good cause. I think it wasnt right. We are all looking for some good things to happen. But we cant force it to happen or even resort to desperate stuff. When we want something for others, i guess the only way to work it is through a good way too to show everyone you dont get what you want just however you want it. You work hard for it. you dont go hostaging kids so they will have free education. As a result, people might think the guy just want some publicity for himself and his so called good cauuse. Even though they say desperate times call for desperate measures, it does not apply to everything. I hope everyone knows that. If the police or even the senator didnt succeed in negotiating, would he still be a good guy kind of bad guy with a good cause when the kids are harmed and injured because of retaliation from authrities? Oh well... Everyone has his own opinions and ways.
29 Mar 07
Education is really important. Especially here in our country because you really can’t get a good job unless you’re a college graduate. We always here, education is the best gift you can give your children. And I agree with it because in order for you to have a good future, you need to have a good education. It’s one of the investments a parent should have for their children. Unfortunately, the education system here in the Philippines is not that good. The free schools or public schools we have here don’t have much to offer because from what I’ve seen, the government doesn’t provide enough funds to support the needs of a lot of children to have a better education. Most of the public schools, specially in the provinces, don’t have enough classrooms to accommodate the number of students, they don’t have enough books, and worst we don’t have enough teachers because we all know that the salary of a public school teachers is not that big.